Daddy doesn’t live here any more
A book about divorce
In this “story”, Mommy and Daddy are fighting all the time. Mom copes by vacuuming. Daddy moves out. Our young protagonist, Casey, fakes an illness to make Dad move back. It doesn’t work. Mommy and Daddy stay friends for the most part and Casey learns to deal.
This one is at least better than many of these books we have featured since it doesn’t automatically make Daddy the bad guy. As I was writing up this post, I re-read a lot of the comments on some similar books. Of course most of the books contain parents that are reasonable and love their children. (Although usually Daddy is the parent at fault.) We all know that some families have terrible situations and live in utter chaos. What books do we give those kids who are living in crisis situations with parents who are violent, neglectful, etc.? All of the choices seem woefully inadequate.